Originally Posted by PatriotSeven
They DON'T want to see the Cleveland Browns vs the Jaguars in a Superbowl. They don't. We don't. That's why this amazing parity never carries over to the unpopular or small market teams(and by this I mean "modern age market" which doesn't mean geographical area). They want the big teams in the big games and the NFL makes sure that happens. Everyone is happy.
Let's look at those markets that the NFL and their business partners covet.
1. Giants - currently competing with the Jaguars for the worst team in the league.
2. Jets - have not been to a Super Bowl in 45 years.
3. Chicago - (1) championship in last 50 years.
4. Philadelphia - 53 years since last championship.
5. Dallas - 18 years since last SB; one playoff win since then.
6a. San Francisco - Just went through 8-year stretch without a winning season; 19 years since last SB victory (when free agency and cap started).
6b. Oakland - headed towards their 11th consecutive year without a winning record; 30 years since last SB victory.
7. Boston (Patriots) - have done very well
8. Atlanta - has never won a SB; only one appearance in SB.
9. Washington - 22 years since last SB.
10. Houston - Texans (2002-) have never been to SB and have 2 playoff victories in franchise history; Oilers never won it all since taking AFL title in 1960 and 1961.
11. Detroit - has there been a more inept franchise than the Lions over the course of most NFL fans' lifetimes? Last championship was in 1957; one playoff appearance in 14 years; one playoff victory in 56 years.
12. Phoenix - I have to take that back about Detroit; this franchise is even more inept. 3 playoff appearance in the 26 years since they moved to Arizona, with one SB appearance, zero championships, and only 3 winning seasons in that time.
13. Tampa-St Pete - Let's make that three franchises in a row with a history of suckitude; the Bucs have the worst all-time W-L percentage of all 32 NFL teams and one SB in their 36 years of existence.
14. Seattle - Zero championships and only one SB appearance in their 36 years.
15. Minneapolis-St Paul - Just four playoff appearances in the last 13 years, and zero championships.
That takes care of the 16 NFL teams playing in the largest metro/television markets; now let us compare to the 16 smaller market teams.
16. Miami - NFL's 3rd best all-time winning percentage; 2 championships, 5 SB appearances; 22 playoff appearances since 1970.
17. Cleveland - Okay, they certainly have a long history of not being good.
18. Denver - Have won 17 of their last 20 games and are currently the darling of those very same networks. Nine playoff appearnces and two championships in last 17 years; 19 playoff appearances and six conference championships since 1977.
[Markets #19, #20 and #22 do not have NFL teams]
21. St. Louis - haven't been good recently but the networks certainly embraced The Greatest Show On Turf
from 1999-204, during which time they made 5 playoff appearances, played in 2 SB, and won one SB.
23. Pittsburgh - Arguably the best post-merger franchise. 24 playoff appearances in 40 years; 6 SB championships; only five losing seasons since 1972.
24. Charlotte - Not a great franchise, but Panthers did make it to the SB and were in the playoffs four times over span of 12 years.
25. Indianapolis - Made playoffs in 14 of the last 17 years. Went to SB twice, winning once. 154-74 record since 1999. Defeated a large market team in the SB.
26. Baltimore - Ravens won the SB last year (over a much larger market team) for their 2nd SB in 13 years. Have gone to playoffs five straight years and 6 of last 7.
28. San Diego - 2012 was first time in nine years the Chargers (7-9) had a losing season; during that time they won 92 games.
29. Nashville - Titans came an out-stretched arm away from winning the SB a few years ago; they have had only five losing seasons since moving to Tennessee 17 years ago.
31. Kansas City - Chiefs are off to a 4-0 start and have gone to playoffs 16 times, with one SB victory; they had one stretch of nine consecutive winning seasons which included six with 10+ wins.
34. Cincinnati - Bengals have been to playoffs in three of last four years, and went to SB twice.
47. Jacksonville - Historically bad right now, but they were good in the beginning. Over a four-year stretch they were 45-19, making the playoffs each year.
51. Buffalo - Haven't done anything right lately, but they did win four straight conference championship games; were probably the best team in the AFC from the late 80s through the 90s.
53. New Orleans - From 2009-11 the Saints won 41 games, plus a SB.
70. Green Bay - Best franchise in the history of the NFL. The packers have gone to the playoffs four straight years, with a SB championship during that time. In the last 12 years the pack has nine 10+ win seasons, and in the last 20 years Green Bay has gone to the playoffs 15 times, winning 3 conference championships and 2 Super Bowls.
I am truly not seeing any statistical evidence to back up the assertion that "parity never carries over to small market teams".
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